The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Prins Willem V (Freighter), sunk by collision, 15 Oct 1954

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      PRINS WILLEM V was a Dutch package freighter of 258 ft and 1567 gt. She was laid down in 1940 at Rotterdam but scuttled before finishing to prevent her from falling to the hands of the Nazis. She was refloated and completed in 1948-9. On October 14, 1954, she accidentally cut between the fuel barge SINCLAIR XII and her tug and was rammed. She sank 3.75 miles E of Milwaukee with a 20x8-foot hole in her side. Crew was rescued by the tug & barge. Her cargo consisted of televisions and other general freight. Dutch crews still occasionally heave to at the spot to remember her.

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: T.V.'s
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Prins Willem V (Freighter), sunk by collision, 15 Oct 1954